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Case Study on Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the subjective evaluation of an individual of his own worthiness and importance. Self-esteem is an important problem of psychology and it has been research by numerous psychologists who tried to discover the sources of self-esteem and the reasons of the low and high self-esteem. There are many theories which describe the role and the aspects of self-esteem for the human life and success. For example, there is the Pyramid of Maslow which presents the hierarchy of the human needs and self-esteem belongs to the important row of the ‘high’ needs of an individual, like respect, confidence, etc. Self-esteem plays the key role in the success of the human life and all the problems which occur with people depend on this factor. Very often if one is not active and is afraid of serious actions, promotion at work, etc, he will never reach success, because he does not know that he is worthy and that the others are the same but not better than he. It is important to develop the quality of self-esteem from the early childhood demonstrating to the child that he is able to do the work himself, devote serious tasks to the child and when he copes with this work, he will understand that he is skilful and independent enough to work further. As a result the person is not afraid of the environment and the critical opinion of the others and works hard till she reaches her goal. Self-esteem and motivation is an effective tandem which brings success to an individual, because the feeling of self-respect and the constant motion are always rewarded with benefit in all spheres of human life: family, education, work, leisure, etc. Read more…

Case Study on JC Penney

SWOT Analysis
Strengths
One of the main strengths that JC Penney Company possesses over its competitors is its Customer First Initiative. The firm also has a broad product and service provisions. The firm is able to offer a wide array of products and services over customers through its numerous online retail channels (Baron, 2000). The firm also has a reasonable brand portfolio. This is indicated by the popular brands the company retails. Some of these brands include South Pole, Dockers and Degree (Phalon, 2001).

Weaknesses
The main weakness for the firm is their preceding surplus inventory. The overflow in the products the firm had acquired is the main reason for the decline in sales. Moreover, the overflow in the inventory has delayed the firm in receiving new stock that caters for the new fashion tendencies (Baron, 2000).

Opportunities
One opportunity that the firm has over its competitors is its expansion of Sephora stores. Since Sephora is an upcoming brand that provides new cosmetic trends, the firm has the opportunity of expanding the stores in order to include more Sephora products (Slywotzky, 2002). The firm also has the possibility of launching novel and exclusive private label brands due to its wide network that covers the country. Read more…

Plessy vs Ferguson Case Study

Court Case Plessy vs Ferguson

The great number of significant changes in the world history was caused by acute social conflicts. Oftentimes these key milestones were manifested by court cases between opponents. One of the most important court cases in the history of the United States of America was Plessy versus Ferguson. This process had a great impact on the development of social situation in the country in general and the racial policy in particular.

The court cases Plessy v. Ferguson took place in Louisiana State in the period from 1892 to 1896. It started on July 2, 1892, when the shoemaker Homer Plessy bought a first-class ticket from New Orleans to Covington (Thinkquest 2). He boarded the train that day that belonged to the East Louisiana Railroad Company. Being himself an octoroon (the person who is one-eighth black and seven-eighth white), Mr. Plessy took his sit in the regular car together with other white people. However, the train guard soon approached him, asking to move to the separate car for colored citizens. Mr. Plessy refused to do so, considering himself a white person. The guard had to arrest Homer Plessy as the violator of Louisiana Law, in particular, the Act 111.

Although the facts described above constituted the significant part of the case, the background behind this story was much deeper. The events that led to the Plessy v. Ferguson court case have started several years before. Read more…

Lotus Case Study

Lotus Case Study

Lotus Development Corporation is one of the leaders in its segment of the market. In spite of the fact that the company has entered the market at the early stages of its development its current leading position is under a serious threat, though the perspectives of the company may be quite good as well. Such a controversial situation is basically provoked by the rapidly changing market which demands the implementation of new approaches to sales management. To put it more precisely, at the moment, the company faces a dilemma either to refuse from its dealers and develop direct sales to customers, or, on the contrary, continue the traditional strategy of sales through the network of dealers.

First of all, it should be said that the dilemma is really serious and it is even possible to estimate that postponing the solution of this problem may threaten to the future of the company in the market. In fact, it is necessary to underline that the challenge the company faces at the moment is the result of the long lasting process of the development of the market of software products where the company traditionally had strong positions. In this respect, it should be pointed out that since the beginning of the development of the market the company was under a serious risk of being in a worse position compared to its major competitors. Obviously, the software market was rapidly developing and, what is more important, the permanent and rapid implementation of new technologies forced the company to keep pace with its major competitor, which also grew very fast since the industry was new and focused on the implementation of innovative technologies. As a result, at the beginning there were a lot of minor companies that could a technological breakthrough and take the leading position in the industry. Nevertheless, in such a situation, Lotus managed to keep pace with its major competitors Microsoft, Ashton-Tate, and IBM. Read more…

Carlos Gonzalez Case

Carlos Gonzalez Case

Abstract
The subject of this paper is the case that describes Carlos Gonzalez, a 40 year old Latino male (Mexican ancestry), born in the United States. Carlos been diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma and an AIDS. He is addicted to Methamphetamine (“Crystal Meth”), cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol. He also has hallucinations of bugs crawling his body and symptoms of paranoia.

The major problem for the case manager is Carlos’s distrust as it may prevent effective communications and his treatment. This paper reviews literature with respect of each case component to provide explanation of their interrelationship, effects on the client and draw corresponding conclusion regarding his treatment.

A. Introduction
The subject of this paper is the case that describes Carlos Gonzalez, a 40 year old Latino male (Mexican ancestry), born in the United States. Carlos been diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma and an AIDS. He is addicted to Methamphetamine (“Crystal Meth”), cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol. He also has hallucinations of bugs crawling his body and symptoms of paranoia.

The major problem for the case manager is Carlos’s distrust as it may prevent effective communications and his treatment. In order to effectively manage the case one should understand the root causes of the potential problems, i.e. it might be a problem to convince distrustful patient to continue treatment as he may be convinced that you act not in his interests. Therefore source of the clients distrust should be identified. Potentially the client’s distrust may be related to his paranoia and hallucinations as well as to the drug abuse and illness (AIDS and Kaposi’s sarcoma). Read more…

Schizophrenia Case Study

Schizophrenia Case Study

Introduction: Contracted Case Analysis
This case highlights a female diagnosed with schizophrenia. The letter written by the sister of the patient indicates 10 years of ongoing symptoms and heavily criticizes the Australian mental health care system. The sister has described feelings of degradation, stress, and discomfort, for herself as well as her mother, as caregivers for the patient. There is clearly not the possibility of a sufficient amount of care available to the patient, which may be the result of a small family. The patient was also left unattended at multiple instances by medical authorities as well as family.

Duty of Care/ Human Rights
As we can see, the patient was not in the proper state of mind to be able to properly self medicate, nonetheless, she was given, by medical authorities, the opportunity to do so. This was plainly not an accurate judgment on behalf of the nurses and doctors seeing as her condition escalated into something much more severe. In this case, the sister of the patient has challenged the current structure in the Australian mental health system in regards to duty of care being more, if not equally important than the right to privacy of a mentally ill person. This is an idea that has been challenged in many countries for many years.

In Indonesia, people with mental illnesses can be restrained against their will, and with no legal basis, be involuntarily treated. There is absolutely no requirement for a legal review of the need for hospitalization and there is no need for consent of the patient or a guardian to be admitted into, and detained in a hospital. (Imansyah et al., 2009). Here we can see the extreme opposite of our case, where the subject is given too many liberties, resulting in a detrimental effect on her health. It is difficult to find the appropriate balance between violation of human rights and fulfillment of the duty of care. However, it is important to act in accordance with the constitution. In doing so, a recommendation would be for the family members present to take a stronger and more present role in guardianship. If this is not possible, the state and medical authorities should assign a professional caregiver for the patient. Read more…

Case Study Analysis Example

Case Study Analysis Example

1. Executive Summary
The case study that will be analyzed in this report presents the case of an American woman who has been living and working in Bangkok, Thailand for three years. It comes without saying, that her life in Bangkok has not been easy. She does not speak Thai language and many of Thais do not speak English, this poses a communicational barrier. She does not own a car and does not have access to the corporate car, this poses a navigation barrier. Moreover, she had to face some differences in the approach to work in within Thai people. It came as a surprise for her that while Americans are usually ready to fulfill the tasks on the short notice, Thais are more laid back and are not willing to rush with completing one or other task. Being unaware of this Racela had troubles at work and was under constant stress. Furthermore, to Racela’s surprise she has discovered that women are usually paid less than man at the work place, and, in general, her firm lacked structure. At the same time, they are many splendid things in Thailand. Racela enjoys travelling, getting to know foreign culture and getting used to accept the cultural differences. Racela’s income is also stable, being rather low for the Western World, though reliable in Asia. Finally, living in Thailand has shaped Racela’s personality and helped her become a better, more intelligent, mature and sophisticated person. The three years spent in Thailand has surely been valuable, though being offered a new job in Hawaii, Racela is not sure whether she should continue her stay in Thailand or return to America. Read more…

Case Study on Barclays Bank

Case Study on Barclays Bank

Introduction
This case study paper will analyze the economics of Barclays, one of the largest financial providers in the UK and in the world. It will also use Barclay’s example to illustrate the peculiarities of banking industry functioning.

Overview of the Business
Barclays is an international financial services provider operating in more than 50 countries and serving more than 42 million customers worldwide. It engages in commercial banking, investment banking, wealth management and asset management. Its commercial banking arm offers services to British and international customers, including current accounts, savings accounts, mortgages, insurance, credit cards and consumer loans. It has a majority stake in Absa, a major South African bank. It has recently acquired Russia’s Expobank and announced its intention to buy Indonesia’s Akita.

Barclays’ investment banking and investment management business cluster consists of Barclays Capital, Barclays Wealth and Barclays Global Investors. Barclays Capital is an investment bank that also offers consultancy, financing and risk management services. Barclays Wealth provides private banking, asset management, stockbroking, offshore banking, wealth structuring and financial planning services. Barclays Global Investors is one of the world’s largest asset managers and providers of investment management products and services.

Barclays’ net income amounted to £23,000 million in 2007, up from £17,333 two years earlier. Earnings per share constituted 68.9p, and return on equity was 20.3%. However, the results for the first half of 2008 were disappointing, profits being 33% down. While insignificant growth was delivered by Barclays’ commercial banking division, Barclays Capital profits fell 68%, and Barclays Global Investors profits were 32% less than in the second half of 2007. Read more…

Arnold Schwarzenegger Case Study

Case Study on Arnold Schwarzenegger

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a well-rounded, strong and persistent personality, combined with what appears as unique social and leadership skills. His past accomplishments and the way he handled challenges in the public sphere fit very well into the Big Five Model of personality.

In his early career Schwarzenegger was a bodybuilder and an actor – two professions which require a high level of extroversion and gregariousness. Indeed, he seems powerful but not intimidating, social enough to offer himself as a leader in a trust relationship.

Standing behind his promises and sticking with his plans, Schwarzenegger appears to be a conscientious, reliable and stabile person. He is attentive to others’ wishes, but seems to make decisions according to his own judgement.

Schwarzenegger was able to transform these abilities and others to a successful political career. He is friendly and open, but do not position himself as one who can be manoeuvred or confirm with the majority. Most significantly, California’s need for a strong leadership in the governor’s office during a period of economic difficulties has helped Schwarzenegger in the race for the chair.

2. As a governor, Schwarzenegger has obviously the possibility to practice his formal power as the base of influence. Considering his natural influence on people, it appears though that Schwarzenegger is reluctant to use coercive or legitimacy sources of power, rather presenting himself as a rewarding leader. One example is his effort to pass a budgeting reform: at what seems as unusual for a governor, he left his office to hold discussion with the other officials on their own desks; that is, in fact, a tendency not to frighten others, but to cooperate and demonstrate attention to the perceived advantages of his plan. Read more…

Case Study on Social Work

Case Study on Social Work

A responsibility of social work is to provide for people in society who are in positions of weakness, stress or vulnerability. Social work is a service that operates in response to human need. To perpetuate change on a large scale a social workers capacity for accurate communication and empathy have to be allied to a broader appreciation of the way that environments impact on different individuals and groups (Blackburn 1992). Social workers can make an important contribution to developing and understanding the balances that exist between stressful and supportive elements at individual, local and structural levels.

Social work can play an important role in developing policies to combat social problems. After giving a brief explanation of the three terms local, “individual, locality and structural” I will examine a number of areas within the case scenario; these are the problems of unemployment, delinquency, and the general lack of a positive environment. I will present the policies, generally linked to the field of social work, suggested by each of the terms in relation to these problems. To gain a better perspective of the important issues I will attempt to identify the strengths and weaknesses of these explanations in relation to the case scenario. Social work at a individual level in broad terms is concerned with response to a social problems on a one to one basis, that is one worker working with an individual or family, this is recognised as the most common social work method used when working with families. Read more…

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